Family and community engagement is the cornerstone of any successful PTA.
Reaching out to students and families to provide support, services and community is the best way to maintain a healthy PTA membership and to ensure that every child has a voice in your school.
- Who is present at your school?
- Who is participating in PTA, and who is not?
- How does your PTA reach out to include those people who are not currently “at the table”?
- How do your parents know what you are providing to them?
- Do your families know that PTA exists at your school?
- How do you make your PTA visible on your campus?
- Are teacher and staff valued, respected partners?
These are important questions to talk about as a board. Consider having an Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Chair or Vice President whose role is to make sure that these questions are answered in action.
Lake Washington PTA Council’s mission is to provide support to all PTAs in the Lake Washington School District to help them achieve their goals. FACE is a component of everything we do:
- Communication: Website, Facebook, CURRENTS Newsletter, Weekly Waves
- Membership: We send reminders about due dates, answer questions and help schools plan and achieve their membership goals.
- Community: Council meetings are a chance for us to share pertinent PTA information with our school PTA boards and members. Dr. Pierce and other key district personnel update our council members on district issues. The meetings are also an opportunity to get together with PTAs from around the district to see what and how they are making things happen at their school.
If we are all doing our jobs correctly, any PTA board member at any level of PTA is wearing their outreach “hat” and asking “how may I help you?”
To find out more about what is going on with Outreach in Washington State, join the WSPTA Outreach listserv.
The purpose of this award is to promote family and community engagement at local PTAs, community PTAs, and councils by recognizing programs, projects, and activities/events that increase family and community engagement and involvement. What does family and community engagement look like at your local PTA or council?
As PTA Leaders, we have already seen the result of our state’s changing demographics first hand – in our schools and communities. We see that the families and students are more diverse. We know that in order to achieve PTA’s vision of “Making every child’s potential a reality” we must make a special effort to reach out and include every family in the important work of advocating for all children.
This award will be presented at the WSPTA Convention in May. Application, instructions, and judging form.